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1 PEOPLE - Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe
CITIDEP - Research Center on Information Technology and Participatory Democracy PRESENTING CITIDEP WORK IN SCHOOLS IN SUPPORT OF: PEOPLE - Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe CITIDEP is a partner in the Project PEOPLE...

2 PEOPLE - Entities Promoting:
PEOPLE - Partners in Portugal: Institute for the Consumer Presidency of the Council of Ministers [Lisbon Project Coordination]. DCEA - FCT-UNL. Dept of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, New University of Lisbon DRAOT-LVT, Regional Administration of Environment and Land Use Planning for Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Ministry of Cities, Land Use Planning and Environment. CRSP-LVT, Public Health Regional Center for Lisbon & Tagus V. , Ministry of Health. DMAEV, CML- City Department for Environment and Green Spaces, Lisbon Municipality Quercus — National Association for the Conservation of Nature CITIDEP - Research Center on Information Technology and Participatory Democracy

3 PEOPLE- Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe
1. Assessment of Benzene levels; 2. Learn the impact of outdoor and indoor emission sources (including smoking) on human exposure to Benzene, for risk assessment of populations in Europe; 3. Compare Benzene air pollution levels in European capitals, in function of emission sources, local meteorological conditions, citizen behaviour and air quality policies; 4. Assessment of the impact of air quality policies (EU directives), local abatement measures and personal behaviour on exposure levels to Benzene; 5. Raising the awareness of citizens about air quality and the impact of personal behaviour (transport and smoking habits). 6. Validation of pollution exposure models. PEOPLE- Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe

4 CITIDEP PROJECT: “PEOPLE” FOR SCHOOLS (targeting ages 6 to 16)
• Contribution to objective 5 of Project PEOPLE: Raising the awareness of citizens… Why Schools? • POWER OF THE SCHOOL TO PROMOTE SOCIETY CHANGES • “PEOPLE” ALLOWS PARTICIPATORY SCIENCE & CITIZENSHIP: • Students help scientific data gathering • Students study and research the topic • Students join citizens debating results Dar ênfase à integração dos alunos num estudo científico e dar também à escola como meio privilegiado para a sensibilização da sociedade, POIS OS MENINOS VÃO PARA CASA E EXPLICAM AOS PAIS E IRMÃOS, ETC.

5 • Learn CITIZENSHIP through Chemistry:)
• Use new sampler technology to break barriers between science and citizens • Use ITC to break geographic barriers and exclusion • Use new methods to break barriers between high-schools and elementary schools • Develop a critical learning of citizenship

6 Schools Participating
ES Pedro Nunes, Lisboa (Tânia Fonseca [Project Head], Helena Melo, Isabel Medina, Helder Silvério) Colégio S. João de Brito, Lisboa (Angela Canêlhas, Domingos Aurélio, Maria Justina Correia, José Manuel Costa, Madalena Cabral, Silvia Sepulveda) ES Sta Maria Maior, Viana do Castelo (Paulo Tomé) EB2+3 de Miraflores (Manuela Carrasco) EB2+3 de Fernão Lopes, Lisboa (Fatima Gasparinho) EB1, 29 do Jardim do Torel, Lisboa (José Carlos Gomes) EB1 de Monserrate, Viana do Castelo (Conceição Liquito, Conceição Martins) EB1 de Eirado-Eiras, Arcos de Valdevez (Beatriz Gomes) And representing the following entities: • E.S.E. do IP de Viana do Castelo (José Portela, Domingos Belo, Luis Fabião) • uARTE (João Correia de Freitas, Alexandra Vieira, Helena Guerreiro) • Project PEOPLE (DRAOT-LVT: Luisa Nogueira; FCT-UNL: Hugo Tente; Instituto do Consumidor: Ana Miranda, Ana Cabral; CITIDEP: Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, Tânia Fonseca, Isabel Medina, José Carlos Gomes, José Portela) CITIDEP - Research Center on Information Technologies and Participatory Democracy

7 CITIDEP promotes network with scientists, teachers and students
Lisbon schools were part of the Benzene sampler net Lisboa (Pt) Viana do Castelo (Pt) Açores Islands (Pt) Nantes (Fr) Manchester (UK) Edinbourgh (UK) Salientar o facto de se derrubar o isolamento geográfico e o acesso às tecnologias de informação. Using Internet (web broadcast) and videoconference to allow access of remote areas and portuguese student communities abroad

8 CITIDEP “PEOPLE - CITIZENSHIP” PROJECT Inovative educational tools
280 students teachers + 9 schools directly involved (high + elementary schools) IN THE CLASSROOM (9 months): Student inquiry: Study Benzene as a pollutant Lab sessions: Particles on the paper / Elastics and pollution Environmental game: highschool students teach younger students STUDENT INTERACTION: 15 Oct 02: Videoconference with PEOPLE’ expert & Web broadcast 18 March 03: Videoconf. + broadcast + chat with PEOPLE’ expert 12 June 03: Role-Play debating citizenship issues related to PEOPLE Estimated audience: 50 schools ~ 500 students

9 CITIDEP Activities Before 22 October 2002
<- Lisboa Viana -> Activity: Videoconference and Internet Broadcasting, with PEOPLE’s expert, for students from the 10nd grade

10 2002 - 2003 Highschool students with Elementary school students
Activity: Environmental game: “Learn with the environment, playing!”

11 2003 Highschool students work with Elementary school students
PEOPLE Videoconference and Internet broadcasting II with chat for students from the 2nd and 3rd grade Students in Lisbon say goodbye to students in Viana do Castelo Activity: “ The air exists, although we can't see it”

12 12 June 2003 Activity: Role-Play on “PEOPLE” issues Characters:
Parliament member (PS) Cancer specialist (M. Doctor) Smokers’ association pro-active Car Manufacture Industrial Oil Industry Owner Querqus’ member (environmentalist) Gas Pump worker We wanted students to also use REAL results from PEOPLE: Unfortunately, the PEOPLE’s results were not made public before 12 June 2003


14 Difficulties and Impediments
Zero funding. All done with CITIDEP network solidarity and highly motivated teachers (paying expenses from their pockets), and the adoption of this project as the degree work of one teacher. That is nice and important, but not sustainable/replicable without at least some external support in the future. Level and quality of public technical support to schools (e.g.videoconference) is decreasing to the point of compromising the work of students and teachers. Last videoconference almost failed because kids could not hear anything for 1 h. This is the result of a wrong policy of divesting in public education. Poor schools can’t afford private sector service prices.

15 CONCLUSIONS The decision-making process starts in the childhood:
Young students had the access to the information, space and time to manipulate the scientific knowledge involved on the social scientific issue of air pollution; Their critical and reflective skills were developed; They became more active on their education process. The information empowerment lead to an active participation and awareness of their responsibility towards the community and environmental policies

16 Commissaire Philippe Busquin (UE)
Discours du Commissaire Philippe Busquin (UE) “A Lisbonne, PEOPLE a été associé à un projet didactique pour sensibiliser les élèves et les enseignants à la problématique de la pollution de l’air dans les villes. Ce projet, appelé « PEOPLE – CITIZENSHIP », regroupait 9 écoles, 19 enseignants et 280 élèves. Pendant 9 mois, ce projet a animé les cours et les activités parascolaires. Il s’est clôturé par une vidéo-conférence diffusée dans 50 écoles et une audience de 500 étudiants.”

17 •
CITIDEP - Research Center on Information Technology and Participatory Democracy In Agenda: • EU\JRC-IES -PEOPLE suggested CITIDEP to consider to extend PEOPLE-Citizenship to other cities in Europe, with partners of PEOPLE. • PEOPLE-Citizenship was presented at the International Conference on Public Participation and Information Technologies, at MIT, Nov. 2003; several participants said they are interested (France, Austria, Slovenia). We need support to proceed.

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